A student team from Palawan won the ultimate prize in the recently ended Shell NXplorers: The Challenge Bright Ideas Challenge (TBIC) for their ground-breaking agricultural innovation concept that aims to address agriculture's three problems are surplus, scarcity, and availability of produce.
“Our project aims to solve three problems that we have identified through our ocular surveys and observations in our community” said Anna Leonora Rodriguez, a member of the all-women team FarmHer Innovators.
The project of Team FarmHer Innovators comprises of the Veggie Crate Tracker, which counts the weight and freshness of produce, and the Mark-It App, which notifies market traders about crop descriptions and tracks surplus and shortage in each cluster.
Shell NXplorers 2023, a platform for young minds to be positive agents of change, selected finalists from among the 30 teams that submitted concepts. Each team is dedicated to tackling food, water, and energy issues through innovative, environmentally friendly projects.
Top five student teams with the most inventive initiatives to help tackle the country's problems were also recognized during the culminating event on May 12 in Makati City.
Shell NXplorers will invest with participants' bright ideas presenting their prototypes and defined their target market. Novel ideas and patentable inventions are eligible for registration under intellectual property rights. Shell contributes to the solution of the water, food, and energy concerns through collaborative efforts. The goal is to achieve net zero emissions from operations and products by 2050. However, Shell cannot accomplish these things alone; they must be done collaboratively by many sectors of government and industry, as well as by all citizens.
With this in mind, Shell is encouraging the youth sector to continue its commitment to finding solutions and changing the future by inviting high school students from across the country to participate and contribute their inventions that have the potential to change the world through The Bright Ideas Challenge innovation hub.
Among the panel of judges of The Bright Ideas Challenge (TBIC) were Business Advisor for the Office of the Country Chair of Shell companies in the Philippines, Paulo Gavino, Sustainability Manager for Shell Pilipinas Corporation, Stanley Siahetiong, Senior Education Program Specialist of the Department of Education (DepEd), Eliza Peralta, Program Director of the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev), Zen Dimalanta, and the Senior Science Research Specialist of Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Engr. Marvin Dela Cruz.
“To our participants today, you are this country’s next generation of scientists and engineers. Equipping yourselves with strength in these subjects is tantamount to possessing the power to change the world. Serge Bernal, Vice President for Corporate Relations of Shell Pilipinas Corporation said. “I look to you to use that strength to become changemakers that help the Philippines and the world move forward.”
For this year, the grand winner of The Bright Ideas Challenge (TBIC) Team FarmHer Innovators, won Php 100,000 and their school also received Php 50,000 for the improvement of the institution’s STEM program.
The other winning teams
The first runner-up, Team Maomag from Tagbilaran City Science High School in Bohol won Php 70,000 and their school also received Php 35,000.
Team Maomag’s Project Sawod-Lawod converts seawater into drinking water through a solar-and-wind-powered desalination technique. This prototype incorporates rotating mesh panels inside the container to increase the rate of condensation from the water vapor, providing the residents of Batasan Island with clean, safe drinking water.
The second runner-up team, Team Portabio from Gusa Regional Science High School in Cagayan de Oro took home Php 50,000 and their school also received Php 25,000.
The team’s project Portabio aims to provide renewable energy on the go. Through this project, wasted food is utilized to become the energy source for portable power banks.
One of the teams that received the Merit Award who received Php 20,000 are Team Intellihenyo from Philippine Science High School- Cagayan Valley Campus in Nueva Vizcaya.
Team Intellihenyo’s IntelliOutlet is a device that can be used to remotely control electrical appliances at home, anywhere and using any gadget with Internet access. The project can measure how much electricity is being used by an appliance and can turn it on or off remotely using a messaging app called Telegram.
Another team given the Merit Award is from the province of Palawan, Team Thinkerbells from Puerto Princesa City National Science High School.
Team Thinkerbells’ Seament: Seashells as Cement Powder aims to help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills by utilizing seashells.
The product Seament involves crushing discarded seashells and using them as replacements for the raw materials, such as limestone, used in traditional cement production.
On an international platform
Shell NXplorers also opened opportunities to winning student teams to present and be part of the Shell NXplorers Student Carnival, the international platform where Filipino STEM students can stand side-by-side with their global counterparts.
The 2022 Student Carnival, held last November 17, marked the first time that international Shell NXplorers student groups from six countries and from the previous workshops came together to showcase their projects to create a long-term impact on industries like agriculture, energy, and sustainability.
The two Philippine representatives were both from Philippine Science High School - Cagayan Valley Campus” Team Agriserve, the grand winner of the 2021 Philippine Shell NXplorers; and Team El Terratix, the second-place winner who also received an Award of Excellence in the Global Bright Ideas Challenge.
Since its inception in 2019, Shell NXplorers has trained 1839 high school students and 269 teachers from 75 schools. To learn more, click here: https://www.shell.com.ph/energy-and-innovation/make-the-future/what-is-nxplorers.html